If you are what you gift, why not approach wedding presents with the same stylishly non-conformist attitude you approach your wardrobe? You are Barneys shoppers, after all.
Going off-registry certainly has its risks (be mindful: couples do devote hours upon hours to curating their detailed lists of wants and needs), but it also has its rewards. Thoughtfully choosing your own present is an opportunity to surprise your pals with something wholly unique—potentially going above and beyond their expectations. And who doesn’t like to over-deliver?
We’ve enlisted Chelsea Passage experts Tracy Edwards (VP/DMM of Home) and Jonathan Key Arnold (Chelsea Passage’s department manager) to help encourage you brave souls down the best path.
1. NEVER ENOUGH CASHMERE
Who wouldn’t want to cozy up with an oversize cashmere throw? “Make it extra special by embroidering the blanket with the couple’s wedding date,” suggests Tracy.
2. BOOK SMART
In this digital era, a beautiful limited edition or vintage art book feels like an old-world luxury. These are “bound to be treasured,” she adds.
3. MAKING IT PERSONAL
“Customize Connor notecards with both names and a return address on the envelopes—whether or not it’s a new address. It’s a luxury people don’t often buy themselves,” says Jonathan.
4. LIGHT IT UP
For a wedding, not just any old candle will do. Reach for something with panache, like Fornasetti’s cheerful and timeless Sole Di Capri.
5. THE COLLECTOR’S ITEM
For design-minded friends, consider an iconic piece from a legend like Carl Aubock. A little eccentricity never hurt anyone.
6. FLOWER POWER
If you’re thinking of a vase, pair it with a delivery of fresh flowers from the bride’s favorite florist.
7. FLUTE MUSIC
And finally, if going totally off-registry is beyond your comfort zone, buy from the registry but add a surprise. “Gift the couple their chosen champagne flutes and accompany them with your own favorite bottle of bubbly,” Tracy suggests.